Dec 4, 2012 3:00pm PST
with the syrian opposition on the challenges ahead once the assad regime falls. steve, to you first. what do you understand the situation on the ground to be right now in syria? >> we have seen in the past month a significant shift in the momentum of events on the ground. we have seen the opposition increase the effectiveness of its tactics. it has acquired weapons that have permitted it to challenge the regime much more effectively across a broad range of fronts ranging from the south of syria to damascus to the north, and we're seeing this reflected in the regime's response to the opposition including some of the activities surrounding movement of chemical weapons. we don't know exactly what's at stake but part of the speculation is that they're putting themselves into a position in which they could create a defensive zone if it turns out to they're unable to defend damascus in the long run. >> woodruff: what is known about the evidence that this is a serious threat that they may turn to chemical weapons? >> the intentions of the regime are uncertain. i don't think anybody knows what bashar al
Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
the president is proposing or that's been discussed here. >> woodruff: but retiring ohio congressman steve la tourette predicted that in the end most could live with higer tax rate if they are part of a broader package. >> if i had to say where most of the votes are today, most will accept an increase in tax rates but they really want a way forward on how we're going to get the rest of the government under control. >> woodruff: but the only real certainty appeared to be that lawmakers will be back in washington right after christmas if there's to be any deal before the new year's deadline. and to two reporters who've been closely watching this story. todd zwilch covers congress or pubc radio international's "thtakeawayon wnyc. and carol lee of the "wall street journal" joins us from the white house. thank you both for talking to us. carol, i'm going to start with you. from the white house perspective, where do things stand? >> i think from the white house perspective, the ball is essentially in the house john boehner's court. i think the president and his team of advisors feel that they've po
Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
, tinctures and creams. big business. they brought in $25 million in sales. money that cofounder steve deangelo would end up on the street. >> we have taken $25 million a year of illegal drug sales off the streets of oakland and brought them in to harbor side. >> deangelo has been a marijuana activists since he was a teenager. says when he moved to california in 2001 there weren't many places for patients to buy marijuana safely. >> i started harbor side to create a model of best practices for the cannabis industry to demonstrate that it can be distributed in a way that professional and responsible and bring benefits to -- >> since it was founded, harbore world's largest marijuana dispensary. it serves more than 115,000 patients. as expanded to a second location in san jose. deangelo's business attracted media attention from across the globe. >> the harbor side medical center this is actually the largest medical can business disbones knee. >> harbor side says it has 20,000 clients. >> from the harbor side health center in oakland. >> it wasn't just media that was paying attention.